I always have a few pots of herbs on the balcony, which get to bask in the sunshine all summer long. Contrary to my expectations, herbs are not the kind of care free plants that will forgive you if you forget to water them, not even the drought friendly rosemary.

They may require a little more work, but I like having them there, lost among the pots of petunias and moss roses. On a whim, I decided to start the basil indoors this year, something I usually don’t bother to do for herbs, and it returned the favor by germinating very quickly and immediately engaging in a growth spurt. By the time I move this pot outside, it may be fully grown.

Since the purple basil is more attractive and the green one is more flavorful, the pot features a blend of both varieties.

Basil is a sensitive herb: it likes sunshine but wilts quickly if it doesn’t get plenty of water. Some treat it as holy, old wives’ tales say that it drives men to madness, or that it is the plant of the basilisk and it has the ability to protect people from venomous bites. Some legends even say that it can guide the dead safely into the afterlife.

At the very least it is said to bring happiness and prosperity into the household. I will let you in on a little secret: all herbs do. Just plant as many of them as you can and enjoy them all summer long in delicious healthy dishes, they’re well worth your trouble.

Author's Bio: 

Main Areas: Garden Writing; Sustainable Gardening; Homegrown Harvest
Published Books: “Terra Two”; “Generations”; "The Plant - A Steampunk Story"; "Letters to Lelia"; "Fair"; "Door Number Eight"
Career Focus: Author; Consummate Gardener;
Affiliation: All Year Garden; The Weekly Gardener; Francis Rosenfeld's Blog

I started blogging in 2010, to share the joy of growing all things green and the beauty of the garden through the seasons. Two garden blogs were born: allyeargarden.com and theweeklygardener.com, a periodical that followed it one year later. I wanted to assemble an informal compendium of the things I learned from my grandfather, wonderful books, educational websites, and my own experience, in the hope that other people might use it in their own gardening practice.